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Tuesday, January 18, 2011
MY EXCLUSIVE WITH TOP COW PRODUCTIONS!
For those of you that haven’t heard, I’ve just signed an exclusive comics contract with Top Cow Productions, starting this February 2011. It wasn’t a decision I made lightly. Over the past few years, I’ve had the good fortune to work with nearly every comics publisher out there. It’s been a wonderful experience. In that time I’ve done a lot of bouncing around. I’ve worked on mini series after mini series and done an issue or two here and an issue or two there. It’s kind of become time for me to settle down a little and focus on something long term. After MANY long conversations with trusted friends and my family, in the end the choice that was right for me was Top Cow.
I do want to back up for a second and talk about my work for DC. For the past two years, I’ve predominantly worked for DC Comics in the Batman office. Getting to draw Batman was a childhood dream and has been one of the best experiences of my career. I’ve had the EXCELLENT fortune of working with Mike Marts, Janelle Asselin Siegel, Michael Siglain, and Harvey Richards. I couldn’t have asked for better, editors to work with at DC.
As I mentioned earlier, the decision to sign an exclusive contract wasn’t an easy one. There were a lot of factors involved. The major ones where working as a regular artist on a continuing series and almost more importantly, being able to develop my own concepts. In the end, Top Cow was the ideal place to get both of those things.
I’d been wanting to get back and work with Top Cow and publisher- Filip Sablik again since I worked with them on BERSERKER, a little over a year ago. We’d discussed a lot of options, but when you’re working freelance scheduling is no easy task. Projects overlap, get delayed, or even have MUCH shorter schedules than anyone would like. It’s hard to work with more than one company. After a long discussion about projects and plans at NYCC, Filip asked me if I wanted to come onto their flagship title, The Darkness. The invite wasn’t just a fill in or an arc, they wanted someone to come on and have an extended run on the book. To leave their mark. That was just the thing I’d been looking to do.
Then there was the issue of my own concepts. Not a lot of people are aware, but I write a bit, too. Given my busy drawing schedule, it’s been a while since I’ve put anything out, but I wrote Narcoleptic Sunday for Oni Press and the Jackie’s Strength short for Comic Book Tattoo, the Tori Amos Anthology from Image and came up with the concept for The Leading Man that I did with B. Clay Moore over at Oni. Over the past few years I’ve found myself saying, “I want to write more.” and “I should be developing this stuff!” I’ve kept constant notes. I’ve made outlines. I’ve stewed things over in my head. But the one thing that is REALLY hard to do when you’re at the drawing board twelve plus hours a day is actually make time to truly write. In that time, I’ve come up with a laundry list of nearly twenty concepts that I’ve been developing. As much as I love working for DC, there just wasn’t a way that I was going to be able to develop my concepts there. It’s not how it works. I have no qualms with that fact. I love doing work for hire. As I said, drawing books for DC was a joy. I hope to do it again, one day. But for now, I needed to spend some of my time developing my own stuff, too.
So in the end, after a lot of long talks between Filip Sablik, Matt Hawkins, and myself, we came up with a plan that works for everyone. One that I’m damned proud of. Starting with The Darkness #96, I will be the regular artist on the book. It’s a ways out, but it’s going to give us some VERY important lead in time. On top of that, we’ve started developing a few of my own concepts. At least one of them is going to be appearing as part of the upcoming Pilot Season. I’m really looking forward to both writing and drawing some stuff. I’m going to work my ass off to make it good! I’ve also got a BIG BIG announcement coming up from Top Cow, but Filip is making me wait just a little while. Trust me though. BIG!
In the end, I’m a happy camper. 2011 looks like it’s going to be a bright, exciting year! Thanks so much to all of you for your support. I won’t let you down!
For a bit more information on my exclusive contract, check out my CBR interview. I kind of ramble…but it’s what I do, and hey, I was worn out from a long flight to LA! Still, I think it’s a fun talk.
Oh, also check back in a couple of days for my “L.A. ADVENTURE PHOTO BLOG EXTRAVAGANZA!” Should be a good time!
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